reviews

  • Carsten Höller, Random Rolling Cylinder, 2013, aluminum, steel, rubber, electric motor, paint, fluorescent lights. Installation view, Bank Street.

    Sharjah Biennial 11

    Sharjah Art Museum and Other Venues

    IT’S MY FIRST RESEARCH TRIP to the Middle East, and I am woefully underprepared. What do I know about Sharjah? Only that it’s a “dry” emirate (in both climate and alcohol consumption) that has invested seriously in culture and heritage rather than buying brand names (Abu Dhabi’s yet-to-be-built Louvre and Guggenheim museums) or pursuing art as business (Dubai’s commercial galleries and art fair). I also know that Jack Persekian, the artistic director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, was fired due to controversy over a “blasphemous” work in the 2011 Sharjah Biennial by Algerian artist Mustapha

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